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Bats in Demand in Free-Agent Market

Cliff Corcoran, Sports Illustrated

Pats May Have Answer for Rodgers, Pack

Justis Mosqueda, Bleacher Report

The Vault Is Open in Boston

John Tomase, Boston Herald

Red Sox Still Need More Pitching

Steve Buckley, Boston Herald

No Secret Boston Seeks Series Success

Tyler Kepner, New York Times

Thanksgiving is still two days away, but in the wake of the Red Sox's simultaneous signing of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, four of this winter's top free-agent hitters have a...(full article)

For Green Bay Packers fans, nothing new will come from this statement: Aaron Rodgers is playing high-caliber football. This might come as a shock to supporters of the Green and Gol...(full article)

The Red Sox dropped nearly $200 million on Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez yesterday like Sonny Corleone peeling off a few $20s over a prone photographer, and the Godfather of th...(full article)

At the risk of throwing broken glass in the path of the rolling rallies to celebrate the arrivals of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, does anyone know the Red Sox’ Opening Day ...(full article)

Someday soon, the Boston Red Sox will get around to shaking up their gridlocked outfield. For now, though, they keep adding to it, like squeezing another car onto a crowded highway...(full article)

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